TRUMBULL — Even though Seymour had just taken a 2-0 lead, coach Cathy Federowicz wasn’t happy with her team’s effort in the second game of Tuesday night’s Class M semifinal against Weston.
During a break between games, Federowicz let the Seymour players know how she was feeling.
“You don’t want to know,” said Federowicz when asked what she had said.
While Federowicz deemed her words unfit for print, her players found them motivational. Kolby Sirowich’s serves sparked an eight-point run at the start of the third game before senior classmate Faith Rousseau took over with an assortment of spikes and blocks, powering Seymour to a 15-5 lead.
Weston didn’t get closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the top-seeded Wildcats closed out their 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-18, 25-12) and moved one win away from a second consecutive state title.
“Between Faith and Kolby hitting and then getting a little bit from Jasmine (Franco) and some of the other kids, we had a good third game,” said Federowicz, whose team will meet 11th-seed Waterford in the Class M finals Saturday at 1 p.m. at East Haven High School.
“I just knew that we had to pick up our energy; that was the most important coming back into the third game because they were slowly gaining on us,” Rousseau said. “We knew that if we were going to get it done in three [games] we needed to pick it up and play together as a team.”
Weston, the 12th seed, was hoping to avenge its 3-1 loss to Seymour in last year’s Class M championship match. But the Trojans (17-8) looked disjointed in the opening game and then were unable to hold onto an early two-point lead in the second game.
“I think we got off to a slow start and then stayed at that pace, unfortunately,” Weston coach Mackenzie Robens said. “Our offense wasn’t clicking tonight. We couldn’t get the ball to any of our hitters, and when we did we still struggled for points.”
Weston’s best stretch came after Seymour took a 5-2 lead in the second game. A spike and a block from Kate Anderson were part of an 8-3 run that gave the Trojans their 10-8 advantage.
But Seymour struck back to go ahead 16-13, and Weston then hurt itself by sending two shots out of bounds. After three straight service points from Anderson pulled the Trojans within 18-17, Seymour won seven of the next eight points to close out the second game.
When Weston fell behind 8-0 at the start of the third game, the match was all but over.
“They’re a great team, absolutely,” Robens said about the Wildcats, who improved to 24-1 this season. “We obviously respect them; we’ve seen them two years in a row now. But this was not the way we wanted to end this season.”